£500 small community grant

Our £500 small community grant supports projects that make a real difference to people’s lives and well-being.

our key themes

Our small community grant is one of the strands of our community funding initiative. We welcome applications for projects that meet one or more of our key themes of:

  • Health and well-being: improving mental and physical health as well as building the confidence of individuals
  • Employability and training: including volunteering and other upskilling activities
  • Increasing household income: activities including debt and benefit advice, feeding families, money support, and employing people
  • A greener, fairer future: by reducing, reusing and recycling
  • Tackling inequalities as a result of the cost of living crisis.

To apply for this grant, your project must benefit the local community in one or more of the areas that believe housing operates in.

Note: Groups can apply twice in a financial year for the £500 grant or once per financial year for the £1,000 grant. Groups can not apply for both the £500 and £1,000 grants in the same financial year. All reporting information must be submitted to believe housing before an organisation can apply for a second grant. Projects must also start within four months of application being submitted.

To apply for this grant your project must be delivered in one of our patch areas, these are central Durham, east Durham and south-west Durham, we ask when completing the application form that you select which patch area your project will cover.  Please see the list below for a breakdown of locations within each patch area.  Projects can benefit people in more than one location within a patch area.

It may be acceptable for projects to deliver outcomes in more than one neighbouring patch area but please discuss this with the Community Investment Team prior to submitting your application.


Bearpark Belmont Bowburn Brandon
Brasside Cassop Carrville Claypath
Coxhoe Browney Crossgate Croxdale
Elvet Esh Winning Framwellgate Moor Gilesgate
Gilesgate Moor High Pittington Kelloe Langley Moor
Littletown Ludworth Meadowfield Merryoaks
Neville’s Cross New Brancepeth Newton Hall Pity Me
Quarrington Hill Shadforth Sherburn Village Sherburn Hill
Sherburn Road Sherburn Road Estate Ushaw Moor West Rainton
Witton Gilbert
Blackhall Colliery Blackhall Rocks Hesleden Acre Rigg
Chapel Hill Denehouse Eden Hill Howletch
Passfield Sunny Blunts Horden Easington Colliery
Easington Village Shotton Colliery South Hetton Haswell
Haswell Plough Hawthorn Wheatley Hill Thornley
Wingate Water Avens Village Station Town Deaf Hill
Trimdon Colliery Trimdon Village Byron Denehouse
Deneside Eastlea Harbour Milldale
Northlea Parkside Princess Road Seaton
Westlea Dawdon Murton Dalton-le-Dale
Hutton Henry Castle Eden Hetton-le-Hole Chilton Moor
Newbottle Ryhope Seaham
Auckland Park Billy Row Bishop Auckland Chilton
Coundon Coundon Grange Crook Eldon Lane
Escomb Fir Tree Frosterley Howden-le-Wear
Hunwick Leeholme Middlestone Moor Oakenshaw
Stanhope Sunnybrow Tindale Crescent Tow Law
Wearhead West Auckland Westgate Willington
Witton-Le-Wear Wolsingham


more about the grant

We welcome applications from:

  • Registered and exempt charities
  • Community groups
  • Schools
  • Social enterprises
  • Voluntary groups
  • Community Interest Companies
  • Town, Parish or Community Councils
  • Faith groups/venues

Unfortunately, we are unable to accept applications from:

  • Individuals
  • Party political groups
  • Private companies or ‘for-profit’ organisation’s
  • Those whose objectives and ethos do not meet believe housing’s charitable objectives.

The Small Community Grant can be used to help and support our communities, this can include:

  • Supporting activities that encourage social integration, develop sustainable communities and start-up projects
  • Set up of classes, sessions, activities and events for the community
  • Buying equipment for community-based activities
  • Funding short term coaching, training or sessional worker costs
  • Providing refreshments, snacks and meals as part of an activity
  • Marketing and promotion to increase participation in activities
  • Travel costs which are integral to an activity
  • Contributing towards venue hire and rent up to a maximum of £125

We are unable to accept applications for the £500 community grant to support:

  • Items that are purchased on behalf of another organisation
  • Applications to develop the financial reserves of the organisation
  • Ongoing running costs of an organisation e.g. utility bills and insurance
  • Religious, party political or lobbying activities (non-religious and multi-faith activities may be funded)
  • Loans or debt repayments
  • Paying taxi fares to allow people to attend meetings/events
  • Capital costs
  • Any ongoing staffing costs, including the salaries of permanent or fixed-term employees
  • Maintenance costs

After an application is received, the Community Investment Co-ordinator will contact the applicant if further information is required. When all information is supplied, a grant panel meeting will be arranged. The panel will be made up of believe housing tenants, supported by the Community Investment Coordinator’s. If the tenant grant panel cannot meet the panel will then be made up of the Engagement and Corporate Social Responsibility Manager and Community Investment Performance Team Leader.

We aim to inform applicants of the decision within four weeks from the date the application is submitted. Where possible, we will provide feedback and support to help you develop an application that meets the criteria.

Please make sure you allow enough time for the panel to consider your application when setting out project timescales as we are unable to fund projects retrospectively.

If believe housing agree to award a grant to help fund your project or activity, then you will be required to agree to terms and conditions.

To read the full terms and conditions, please click here.

apply now

If you would like to find out more and apply for the £500 community grant please fill in the form below.

If you have any questions you can give us a call on 0300 1311 999.

Confirm your eligibility for this grant

your organisation

project contacts

please provide two named contacts for your project

Main contact

Secondary contact

about your project

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Which patch area will your project take place in?
Central Durham
East Durham
South-West Durham
please select which areas your project will address, if any:(Required)
please tell us a bit more about your project in no more than 500 words, including:
  • Details of what you would like to achieve.
  • How it will benefit believe housing's tenants, neighbourhoods, and communities, including targets and outcomes.
  • If your project involves partnership working, please state who you will be working with and their role.

funding request

Please complete the table below with details of the 'item' or 'activity' your project requires, its actual cost and the amount requested from believe housing. Please be specific about the items for example: ‘200 packed lunches including a sandwich, fruit and a drink’ rather than ‘Food’.

Item or activity

Total cost

Amount requested from believe housing (£)

Match funding(if applicable) (£)



Does anyone involved with your group work for believe housing or are you or any member of your group related to any member of staff, Board or Committee member of believe housing?(Required)
By submitting this application you are confirming that:

  • I can confirm I have read and understood the criteria and guidelines
  • I can confirm that all necessary policies and procedures are in place, including a risk assessment for all activities
  • The information provided is to the best of my knowledge, true and accurate
  • If my application is successful, the grant awarded will only be used for the purposes stated in this form
  • I agree to keep a record of all financial transactions relating to the grant awarded and will forward receipts/invoices as required
  • I agree to complete the required reporting

Groups with successful grant applications will be required to consent to any publicity and marketing that believe housing may require. This may include, but is not limited to, press and online activities of both funds being awarded and the outcomes of approved projects. Should you carry out future promotion of the outcomes of your grant application, you must reference believe housing (using relevant brand guidelines and logo(s) where required), with approval from believe housing's Marketing and Communications team.

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data protection

believe housing is a data controller for the purposes of the current UK Data Protection Legislation and we seek to take care of the personal information you provide and deal with it in accordance with the Act. Your personal information will only be used by us so we can consider and process your application and any funding awarded. It will not be shared with other organisations unless we are required by law to do so. To find out how we process your personal information please read our privacy notice: www.believehousing.co.uk/privacy-policy

We may wish to share your application details with internal believe housing services such as universal credit, tenancy sustainment and safer neighbourhoods etc. We would like to do this to support your application. Do you give us permission to share your details?(Required)

Please be advised that if you do give us permission, you can withdraw this consent at any time by contacting us.

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